Call him the Host Guy: Seth MacFarlane was just named host of the 85th Academy Awards.
In a statement, co-producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron cited his “performing skills” which will “blend perfectly with our ideas for making the show entertaining and fresh.”
And MacFarlane, noting -- as he naturally would -- the inherent absurdity of this -- said: “It's truly an overwhelming privilege to be asked to host the Oscars. My thoughts upon hearing the news were, one, I will do my utmost to live up to the high standards set forth by my predecessors; and two, I hope they don't find out I hosted the Charlie Sheen roast.”
To call this choice “unorthodox” would do damage to the word unorthodox, but there is something smart about it, too: MacFarlane can certainly sing, and probably dance ... and his recent outing as host of the 38th season opener of “Saturday Night Live” was pretty good, too.
MacFarlane, a Connecticut native, made it very very big in Hollywood as creator of “Family Guy,” as you know, and more recently as the star “voice” of “Ted” which he wrote and directed. It is in fact “Ted” which probably gives this choice some sort of imprimatur among Academy members who would otherwise be shocked/appalled to see the voice of Baby Stewie as the host of their holiest night.